The Copyright Process

The Copyright Process

The copyright process in South Africa is simple. First and foremost the creation of your mind has to be put into some sort of tangible form.

This could be in the form of a written or printed document or even saved as a file in a computer. In the case of an artistic idea it must have been transformed into a painting, a sculpture, a photograph and so on.

It is not possible to copyright anything that is still an abstract idea.

Once recorded in some form though, that ‘record’, whether it be an article, a novel, or a song, is copyrighted to its creator.

Where a third party has commissioned an article or painting, it is the property of the third party once it has been paid for.

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